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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2006 Aug;19(3):130-6.

Effective communication with bereaved child survivors of suicide.

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University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA [corrected] USA. ammi@pitt.edu

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  • J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2007 May;20(2):136.

Abstract

TOPIC:

While bereavement is considered by many to be among the most stressful life events, it becomes even more distressing when it is related to the suicide of a loved one. Further, the death of a parent is traumatic for anyone, but it may be especially intensified for young children. This points to a strong need for the recognition and treatment of psychiatric and social problems associated with childhood bereavement.

PURPOSE AND SOURCES:

The purpose of this paper is to review the literature and present a synopsis of the psychosocial outcomes of childhood suicide survivor bereavement and outline communication issues that emerge when talking with young suicide survivors.

CONCLUSIONS:

A case is made to develop and test interventions designed to meet the mental health needs of this important group of individuals.

PMID:
16913962
PMCID:
PMC2864076
DOI:
10.1111/j.1744-6171.2006.00060.x
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